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Flying Blind

As the partial U.S. government shutdown has moved into its third week with no end in sight, the nation’s press is increasingly focused on the ripple affect it is having on various sectors of the U.S. economy. An example is a recent article in the Washington Post that discussed how the lack of pay for Forest Service (FS) employees concentrated around Ogden, Utah – far away from Washington, DC – is affecting local retail businesses. The FS is an agency of USDA, and many of its employees are deemed “non-essential.” They are thus furloughed without pay until the shutdown ends. Numerous USDA employees in other agencies are also considered non-essential, including those who compile the many reports on crop productio...

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Mar 19 Corn closed at $3.8175/bushel, up $0.0175 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Wheat closed at $5.1775/bushel, up $0 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soybeans closed at $9.1675/bushel, up $0.09 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soymeal closed at $315.1/short ton, up $2.9 from yest...

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